Fumes sicken worker at waste transfer station | TheUnion.com

Fumes sicken worker at waste transfer station

A recycling worker was hospitalized and the McCourtney Road Transfer Station was temporarily closed Wednesday after the worker inhaled unidentified fumes where recycled paint is stored.

John Dani, 29, went by ambulance to Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital, where he was treated and released.

He earlier complained of chest pains, skin irritation, burning eyes and difficulty breathing after opening a 55-gallon barrel used for storing latex paint, said Chief Tim Fike of the Nevada County Consolidated Fire District, which sent two engines to the station at about 9 a.m.

A Marysville hazardous material team monitored the air, later deemed it was safe, and the transfer station reopened around 12:15 p.m., said Dave Huff, a county Department of Environmental Health specialist.

A Hayward cleaning company was also called in, and a sample from the barrel will be taken to hopefully identify what made Dani ill, Huff said.

Other transfer station employees in the past have suffered health problems from inhaling fumes. To prevent more episodes, Fike’s best suggestion was a reminder for people to make sure of what they bring to the paint storage area.

– Doug Mattson

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